2024.04.13 - 05.12

Kikuji Kawada 川田喜久治

The Map / Visions of the Invisible

Supported by SIGMA

Curated by Sayaka Takahashi (PGI)
Scenography by Osamu Ouchi (nano/nano graphics)

Born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1933. He joined Shinchosha in 1955. He became a freelance photographer and co-founded the VIVO collective in 1959 together with Eikoh Hosoe, Ikko Narahara, Shomei Tomatsu, Akira Sato, and Akira Tanno. In 1965 he released The Map, a groundbreaking photobook loaded with postwar political metaphor, and he continues to challenge our intellect with similarly fresh and clairvoyant images to this day. Kawada describes his work as “an expression of a specific scene in time and my relationship to it, framed accordingly, and the style born from the exchange.” These days Kawada can be found posting images and photographic musings to his Instagram account.

Kikuji Kawada (1933)
From the series <span class="u-italic400">Los Caprichos, Near Far</span>
© Kikuji Kawada, Courtesy PGI

Kikuji Kawada (1933) From the series Los Caprichos, Near Far © Kikuji Kawada, Courtesy PGI

Kikuji Kawada (1933)
<span class="u-italic400">Helio-spot and a Helicopter</span>, Tokyo, 1990
From the series <span class="u-italic400">The Last Cosmology</span>    
© Kikuji Kawada, Courtesy PGI

Kikuji Kawada (1933) Helio-spot and a Helicopter, Tokyo, 1990 From the series The Last Cosmology © Kikuji Kawada, Courtesy PGI

Kikuji Kawada (1933)
From the series <span class="u-italic400">Shadow in the Shadow</span> 影の中の陰
© Kikuji Kawada, Courtesy PGI

Kikuji Kawada (1933) From the series Shadow in the Shadow 影の中の陰 © Kikuji Kawada, Courtesy PGI

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